An Extracurricular And Deadly Use For Pencils

I wouldn't say using pencils as zombie-killing projectiles would be my first thought, but if you do enough slingshot-ing I guess it makes sense that you would eventually run up against office supplies as a source of inspiration. Joerg updates his pencil shooter to be crank operated and more efficient. It can shoot two… » 10/06/13 8:30pm 10/06/13 8:30pm

Alien Probes Could Already Be In Our Solar System According To Math

If you've been trying to recall what makes theoretical math super fun, here's a reminder. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh published a paper in the International Journal of Astrobiology that examines how long it would take Voyager-sized probes to bop around the Milky Way and eventually encounter our solar… » 7/21/13 11:30am 7/21/13 11:30am

The Slow-Motion Physics of Hand-Held Slingshots

We're big fans of the Smarter Every Day and Slingshot YouTube channels—so it's always nice when Destin and Joerg, their respective owners, get together. This time round, they use high-speed photography to take a close look at the physics of hand-held slingshots—and work out how to make them as destructive as possible. » 7/20/12 5:23am 7/20/12 5:23am

Human Slingshots Are Probably the Most Fun You Can Have on Land

Sure, I know that human slingshots aren't exactly new but not new doesn't mean they're not fun. In fact, like this video proves, if you get a group of friends together with a few helmet cams, video cameras, an ATV and a human slingshot, you'll have the time of your freaking life. » 10/21/11 11:00am 10/21/11 11:00am

Watch the Insane Slingshot God Get Medieval

The bald, t-shirted European who brought us the terrifying Crossbow Machete and the whimsical-but-terrifying Gatling Slingshot Crossbow has returned. Joy! Meet his positively Dark Aged way to cause extreme pain with wood, lead, and rubber. » 6/14/11 9:40am 6/14/11 9:40am

How to Make a Laser-Sighted Slingshot

Sorry, squirrels. Sorry, neighbors. Sorry, kid sister. Sorry, pets. Sorry, Grandma. Sorry, teacher. Sorry, just about everyone else. With this DIY laser-sighted slingshot, all my mischief is about to get a lot more accurate. » 11/23/10 4:40pm 11/23/10 4:40pm

Who Needs Superman? Slingatron Slingshots Stuff Into Space

This Slingatron is the greatest thing we can think of to free up Superman's time for other things, like courting Lois or getting drunk and being a dick. Instead of spending $10,000 per pound to send stuff into space with traditional rockets, this Slingatron design is like a centrifuge that spins things around until… » 6/06/07 7:20pm 6/06/07 7:20pm